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March Sales Down 3.1% as SAAR Soars

The U.S. new-vehicle sales forecast improved to 17.42 million units in March, but sales fell 3.1% year-over-year against slowing demand fueled by higher interest rates, prices, and payments and reduced incentive spending.

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LMC/J.D. Power: First-Half Retail Sales Weakest in Four Years

Retail sales for the first half of 2018 are expected to be the weakest since 2014, but record transaction prices have consumers on pace to spend nearly $5 billion more on new-vehicle purchases during the period compared to a year ago.

J.D. Power/LCM: June SAAR Expected to Fall to Five-Year Low

Despite record incentive spending, the auto industry is on pace to record its weakest first-half sales performance since 2014, according to the two firms. Days to turn remained at 70 through June 18, the highest level since July 2009.

LMC/J.D. Power: September Sales Expected to Fall Despite Record Incentives

For the fifth time in seven months, J.D. Power and LMC Automotive are predicting a year-over-year decline in new-vehicle retail sales for September. But officials with both firms said the numbers don't point to significant weakness or risk, but the firm does see challenges ahead.

LMC Lowers 2016 Sales Forecast

LMC Automotive has revised its forecast for U.S. auto sales for the 2016-2023 periods. The company expects nearly 250,000 fewer units will be sold each year during that timeframe, with a larger reduction occurring between 2016 and 2017.

NADA: April Auto Sales Continue to Lead Economic Growth

Despite the average retail transaction price rising more than 3%, the NADA’s chief economist believes that future auto sales will continue to be backed by strong economic tailwinds.

NADA: Leasing Driving New-Vehicle Deliveries

Lease registrations have improved by an annual average of 18% since 2011, according to the NADA’s most recent installment of its Used Car Guide Perspective report.

NADA: New-Car Sales to Rise to 16.94 Million in 2015

At the NADA /J.D. Power Western Automotive Conference this week, NADA Chief Economist Steven Szakaly predicted that new-car and light truck sales will hit 16.94 million units in 2015.

Weather Pushing Down January Sales, Edmunds Says

Edmunds expects January sales to drop 23.6% from December and 0.6% from January 2013. But the vehicle information site expects sales to pick up in February when the bad weather clears.

New-Car Sales to Reach 13.9 Million, NADA’s Taylor Predicts

Paul Taylor, chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association, said 2012 will be another rebuilding year for the industry, and predicts sales will reach 13.945 million units this year.